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Maison Ikkoku

genre: comedy / romance / drama

Would you believe that this series was initially released back in 1986? 96 episodes, one movie and even a live movie. The series is still one of the most popular anime with the university crowd, and no wonder -- it's something they can relate to. Viz Video has taken on the very daunting task of bringing this beloved animated TV series to the North American market.

Maison Ikkoku centres around the slow-developing relationship between Godai Yusaku and the beautiful widowed apatto (apartment) manager of Ikkoku-kan, Otonashi Kyoko, and the odd-ball assortment of tenants that live there.

The series is vintage Takahashi Rumiko -- two people who love each other, but self-doubt and circumstances get in the way of the relationship. Typical Takahashi-style humour, too, though MI also features a lot (and I mean a lot!) of wordplay, which brings us to wonder... Just how well will Viz be able to pull this one off?

The entire original series is available on LD (Japanese only, expensive!), and Viz is releasing the animé on VHS tape in both subtitled and dubbed formats. There were rumours that Viz would not be releasing the entire series but Trish Ledoux herself has assured us that Viz intends to put the whole thing out.

[ rated pg ]

adult situations

Parental Guidance Advised - There are the occassional scenes "peek-a-boo" nudity, especially during the first TV season, when you tend to see Akemi in a sheer negligee all the time. Some adult situations (groping mostly) during the rest of the series, and later as Godai and Kyoko's relationship develops. But beyond that, there's really nothing that you won't have seen on TV already.

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